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JATAKA TALES

There are hundreds of Jataka Tales that describe the events and various previous births of Shakyamuni Buddha. In the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition the vast majority of painted depictions focus on either the Thirty-four tales or the longer One Hundred Jataka Tales. The collection known as the Thirty-four Jatakas are included as the first series of thirty-four stories in the One-hundred Jatakas.

Over the time span of the last millennium there have been many Tibetan edited versions of texts retelling these stories. There can also be many minor variations and sometimes the addition of extra stories, but all of the edited versions generally follow the same list of titles and are commonly known as the two collections of Thirty-four Jataka Tales and the One Hundred Jataka Tales.

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